Archives for March 2021

Remembering the incarceration: 10th annual Films of Remembrance

The Nichi Bei Foundation held its 10th annual Films of Remembrance film series on the wartime incarceration of some 120,000 people of Japanese descent during World War II. While this year’s program largely moved online due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it also included a drive-in screening of “Farewell to Manzanar” at the West Wind […]

Coronavirus compounds caregiving challenges

Caring for an elderly loved one is often stressful for children or partners under normal circumstances, but the pandemic has compounded Bay Area caregivers’ stress as they have had to shelter-in-place for a year. While people have had to put both their vacations and other aspects of their daily lives on hold, older family members’ […]

NorCal Cherry Blossom Festival Program announces 2021 candidates

The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Program announced its 2021 candidates — Akiko Jacqueline Bates, Ashlyn Sumiko Hom and Kelly Noelani Eshima. Akiko Jacqueline Bates Akiko Jacqueline Bates, 24, is from Honolulu. Her hobbies include singing, fashion and running. Bates is an assistant account manager at Hatch, a branding company. Bates holds a bachelor’s degree […]

‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ is a dazzling adventure

Contrary to what “Game of Thrones” might have you believe, not all dragons are agents of destruction. In the newest offering from Walt Disney Animation, “Raya and the Last Dragon,” they are kind, full of magic and, when needed, the saviors of humanity. Five hundred years ago, we’re told in a prologue, dragons sacrificed themselves […]

Still recovering, Japan marks 10 years since tsunami hit

TOKYO — Japan fell quiet at 2:46 p.m. March 11 to mark the minute that an earthquake began 10 years ago, setting off a tsunami and nuclear crisis that devastated the country’s northeast coast in a disaster that one survivor said he fears people are beginning to forget. Carrying bouquets of flowers, many walked to […]

Ten years and still recovering

Ten years have passed since the March 11, 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. The coastal towns are almost unrecognizable with new buildings, roads and bridges. When I visit these towns, I am in awe of how they have been rebuilt so quickly. I am again reminded of how beautiful this region and ocean are. Many […]

EXPLAINER: How dangerous is the Fukushima nuke plant today?

OKUMA, Japan — A decade ago, a massive tsunami crashed into the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Three of its reactors melted down, leaving it looking like a bombed-out factory. Emergency workers risked their lives trying to keep one of history’s worst nuclear crises from spiraling out of control. Proper equipment has now replaced ragged […]

Woman accused of spitting on Asian man faces hate crime

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — A woman accused of spitting on an Asian American man and yelling an ethnic slur as he dined outdoors in Silicon Valley has been charged with a misdemeanor hate crime and battery, officials said March 8. Karen Inman, 39, also told the man to “go back to where you came from” […]

Maskless passenger coughs on, assaults driver 


An Uber driver in San Francisco was assaulted by a woman who refused to wear a mask in an incident captured on a now-viral video that he says was racially motivated. Police said they are investigating. The woman was with two other women wearing masks when Subhakar Khadka, 32, picked them up March 6 in […]

Man faces homicide charge in death of elderly Asian man

OAKLAND — A man is facing a homicide charge following the death March 11 of an elderly Asian man, Alameda County prosecutors said. Teaunte Bailey, 26, allegedly pushed Pak Ho to the pavement and robbed him the morning of March 9 in the Adams Point neighborhood of Oakland. Ho, 75, fell and suffered a head […]

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